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Re: How Nashville has changed since Jim Reeves' day
Mr James: I am afraid your knowlege of 1964 radar is NOT correct! I spent many hours watching Don Wells, John Hettish and others operate the ASR 2 radar in Nashville Approach Control and more time flying practice radar approaches both with and without gyro headings. (simulated gyro failure) using standard rate turns until told to 'stop turn.' One time a USAF jet, unable to get into Ft Campbell, 40 miles away diverted to BNA with "Bingo" fuel, (no fuel showing on gauges) was vectored by Don Wells, (Operating initials WS or "Whiskey Sour") straight intro RWY 13 which had no ILS capability and was below approved minimums as was the airport itself using the authority of 'declared emergency.' When he landed I can't describe the relief in the A/C (aircraft commander) voice when he was safely on the ground.
Had you read Larry's book you would know I was waiting for Jim on the ground when JH called saying 'I lost him on radar' I grabbed an airplane and a few minutes later JH vectored me to the point where he lost the 'blip' which turned out to be just south and west of the actual site which was not visible because of the tree canopy. You'll have to read the rest of the story in the book. My point is I WAS THERE both in the air and on the ground, there is no third party involved in my testimony.
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